There are so many adjectives that start with "u," it's overwhelming. But, they can be divided into two categories to make them more manageable. The monster category is "adjectives that start with un-," and the much smaller category is "other adjectives that start with 'u.'" Let's take a look, shall we?
Adjectives That Start With U
Let's start with the easy category. There are only a handful of adjectives that start with "u." You'll notice that some of them do have "un" as the first two letters, but it's not the same as the prefix un-. Three of them have the prefix "under-," meaning "below or too low."
Here are our top 20 U adjectives:
- Uber - super; high level
- Ubiquitous - seeming to be everywhere at the same time; omnipresent
- Ugly - not pleasing to look at; aesthetically unattractive
- Ulcerated - affected by an ulcer
- Ulterior - later, subsequent; beyond what is obvious or implied; undisclosed
- Ultimate - beyond which it is impossible to go; greatest or highest possible
- Ultra - going beyond the usual limit; excessive; extreme
- Ultrasonic - sound waves with a frequency higher than the limit of human hearing
- Umbrageous - having shade; easily offended, angered by something wrong or unjust
- Umpteenth - relating to something that has happened on several other occasions
- Unctuous - suave or oily in speech or manner
- Underrated - rated, assessed, or estimated too low
- Understanding - having or characterized by comprehension or sympathy
- Underweight - below the normal or allowable weight
- Unique - one and only; having no like or equal; unparalleled
- United - combined; joined; made one; in agreement or harmony
- Uplifted - raised to a higher moral, social, or cultural level or condition; elevated
- Uppity - haughty, arrogant, snobbish, etc.
- Urban - characteristic of the city as distinguished from the country
- Utmost - most extreme; greatest
Adjectives That Start With Un-
Now let's have a look at the bulk of the adjectives in English that start with "u," a beast of a category, the "un-" adjectives. The prefix un- means "not," and it can be added to the beginning of just about any other adjective to create the opposite meaning, or antonym.
For example, the opposite of "expected" is "unexpected," the opposite of "zipped" is "unzipped," and so on. Listed below are 50 adjectives that start with "un-." Click on each one to see either its definition or the definition of its root adjective (i.e. enviable for unenviable).
And just like that, you can create a slew of U adjectives by simply adding un- to the front of any number of existing adjectives.
Ready for things to get really interesting? Let's take a look at a list of Adjectives That Start with V.